The northern part of West Falkland has lovely coastline with idyllic inlets and bays offering great areas for exploration and superb views. Mount Adam, the highest point on the West at 700 metres (2297 feet) is located towards the north-west; an exhilarating hike to the top affords fantastic views. The Warrah is a short but wide river, excellent for fishing with a good reputation for the size and quality of fish. The Falklands’ largest “forest” is also situated in the north of West Falkland at Hill Cove.
Some settlements have visitor accommodation with various attractions and activities. All can be reached with the Falkland Islands Government Air Service (FIGAS) and are linked by a road network.
Port Howard is an attractive sheep farming settlement on the east coast, nestled under Mount Maria 658 metres (2158 feet). It is easy to explore on foot; a gentle stroll will take in the harbour area, pretty settlement buildings, a small museum with memorabilia from the 1982 war and a little further afield the local cemetery, which includes the grave of Captain Hamilton who lost his life in 1982. Mount Maria is an excellent walk providing stunning views across Falkland Sound. Guided tours and fishing expeditions can also be organised.
Shallow Bay and Hill Cove are located on the northern coast with amazing vistas of the north-west islands. Crooked Inlet Farm at Roy Cove is situated on the western shore, tucked into a picturesque bay with lovely views across to outlying islands.
These places are all perfect jump-off points for that strenuous trek up Mount Adam, exploration of Hill Cove forest, fishing expeditions and the leisurely soaking up of farm-life. Enjoy beach-combing, birding or relaxed rambles around the settlements and shores.
Tours can be organised to include Grave Cove at Dunbar to see spectacular scenery and the only black-browed albatross colony on West Falkland.